Posts Tagged ‘The Stardust EP’

Charley says WEEK! 2010.23

June 13, 2010

For some people Vanessa Carlton will always be the ‘A Thousand Miles‘ girl, but there’s more to her than driving a piano through the country.

One of my favourite songs of hers is the lead single to her sophomore album ‘Harmonium‘. Actually, ‘White Houses‘ is probably one of my favourite songs in general. Ever.

While the song tells a clear story, the video is simply Vanessa playing the piano while a second Vanessa is dancing in the same room. At first I felt disappointed by it, but then I figured that this leaves you with the freedom to picture your own faces and settings to the words. In a way, it makes the video more specific than any literal interpretation could have ever been.

White Houses‘ is one of those special songs that can make you nostalgic and yet strangely sad at the same time.

It’s beautiful.

Charley says SONG! Nathan Leigh Jones – All The Lovers
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna
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Charley says VIDEO! Sylver – Turn The Tide 2010
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna (Part 2)
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Charley says ARTIST! Elouise
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Charley says SONG! Britney Spears – Sometimes (Answering Machine Message)
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Charley says SONG! Regi ft. Stan Van Samang – Hang On
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Charley says VIDEO! Mike & Colin – Alles Is Top!
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Charley says ARTIST! Elouise

June 10, 2010

I’m far from the first person to blog about Elouise, but I have been enjoying ‘The Stardust EP’ way too much these last few weeks to not feature her on Charley says POP!

Elouise is not about beats and bleeps and blips, as lovely as those can be. No, she is a 2010 diva of yester year singing epic songs with that extra bit of grandeur courtesy of Kylie’s musical director Steve Anderson.

What I think I love best about Elouise is that she’s not just singing these songs, it seems like she is these songs. I can imagine her waking up in the morning and slipping into her ball gown straight away, then stopping by the opera for some tea on her way to the Royal Albert Hall.

If Elouise was a Disney character when it comes to glamorousness, and I most certainly mean this as a compliment, she would probably be Georgette from Oliver & Company. This fabulous poodle was voiced by Bette Midler, who gave the movie one of Disney’s greatest underrated songs, ‘Perfect Isn’t Easy‘.


Bette Midler – Perfect Isn’t Easy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M6UYwaYRqw

But we were talking about Elouise. ‘The Stardust EP’, which is available on MySpace, contains three songs. ‘Another Day’ and ‘Pretender’ bring the grand moments mentioned above. It seems impossible not to do the diva ‘arms open wide in the air’ thing when ‘Pretender’ gets to that epic “Pretend you’re mine” line.

The odd one out on the EP, but perhaps my favourite of them all, is ‘The Fireman Of My Dreams‘. This song sounds like an upbeat ‘Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles‘ by Françoise Hardy, with the lyrical naughtiness of ‘Santa Baby‘ added on top. Elouise gets away with singing “You’re the fittest man in uniform that I have ever seen […] And when no one’s looking let me slide down your pole…” while staying classy, but cheeky.

Elouise is a delightful anachronism.